BLOEMFONTEIN – Shakib Al Hasan top-scored with 68, but could not prevent a six-wicket defeat for the Bangladesh touring team against a South African Invitation XI at Mangaung Oval on Thursday.
Bangladesh were bowled out for 255 in a warm-up match ahead of three one-day internationals against South Africa starting in Kimberley on Sunday. The Invitation team reached the target with 21 balls to spare.
Shakib, who missed Bangladesh’s crushing defeats in a two-match Test series after asking for a break, hit nine fours in a 67-ball innings.
New South African Test star Aiden Markram, who was not selected for the one-day internationals, helped set up an easy win for the Invitation team.
He hit 82 off 68 balls in an opening partnership of 147 with 18-year-old Matthew Breetzke, who made 71.
JP Duminy (34) and AB de Villiers (43) warmed up for the one-day internationals with a third-wicket stand of 62 off 64 balls before both fell to off-spinner Mahmudullah shortly before victory was achieved.
Bangladesh 255 in 48.1 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 68, Sabbir Rahman 52; Robbie Frylinck 2/25, Malusi Siboto 2/49, Mbonelo Budaza 2/41, Aaron Phangiso 2/46).
SA Invitation XI 257/4 in 46.3 overs (Aiden Markram 82, Matthew Breetzke 71, JP Duminy 34, AB de Villiers 43; Mahmudullah 2/13).
SA Invitation XI won by six wickets.